On Sunday afternoon, we went to see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of James and the Giant Peach. It’s a well-known story, so I was curious about how this theatre company would make it come alive. They did not disappoint.
The pre-show is always entertaining, and it was this time as well. Mr. Grasshopper and our tour guide, were so much fun! The kids enjoyed this part of the show and it raised the excitement for the rest of the show.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in Partnership with UCF, presents its spring Children’s Series offering, James and the Giant Peach, March 19 – April 26, 2015.
Written by David Wood, and based on the books by Roald Dahl, the story centers on young orphan James, who flees from his aunts and undertakes a journey of enormous proportions. He finds himself in the center of a giant peach with human-sized insects with over-sized personalities.
Looking for something artistic to occupy the kids this week? The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is presenting Sleeping Beauty now through July 28.
In this version of the story, Princess Rose is celebrating her birthday with the entire kingdom until a bitter, wise woman named Wartsuch interrupts the festivities. She casts a wicked curse on the little princess, dooming her to a 100-year sleep. This updated retelling of a beloved fairytale comes complete with a cell phone, handsome prince, and a magical kiss.
Arrive early, as members of the cast will engage the audience in interactive pre-show fun for the whole family. There is also an autograph session after the performance so the kids can meet the actors.
Tickets are $9 for shows Tuesday through Friday (10:30am), and $12 for shows on Saturday and Sunday (2pm and 4:30pm). They are are available by calling 407-447-1700, visiting Orlando Shakes online at orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the box office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.
Here is a short trailer for the show, courtesy of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater: